There is always that one uncle and aunt who just makes everyone laugh when they are around. Not too long ago this uncle and aunt of mine came to Cape Town with my mom and dad for a quick visit. Except for a lot of laughing, here are some of the other things we did while they were here:
Sightseeing on an Open Top Red Bus
This is still one of my favourite ways to explore Cape Town. You can hop on and off the bus at over 30 stops in and around Cape Town.
We went on the Mini Peninsula Tour. It starts at the V&A Waterfront and goes past the beautiful gardens of Kirstenbosch, past the Constantia Winelands and out of town towards Hout Bay. It then heads back through the Atlantic Seaboard and into the city centre. before it finally ends again at the V&A Waterfront.
There are about 14 bus stops along this route. The commentary on the bus is available via headphones in 15 languages. There’s even a special channel for kids.
Here are some photos, in no particular order that took while on the bus:
Camps Bay is an affluent suburb of Cape Town. It is a popular summer attraction for locals and tourists. With a stunning beach on the one side and loads of restaurants on the other side, it is no wonder that this area is such a popular hangout spot.
Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain that forms a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town. It is a popular tourist attraction. Many visitors use the cableway to get to the top. While the fit and more adventurous type of people hike to the top. In 2011 Table Mountain became one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It is the only Wonder of Nature that is located in an urban area.
Imizamo Yethu Township
Imizamo Yethu Township is situated in the seaside suburb of Hout Bay. Guided walking tours of this township are available. A very popular tourist attraction inside Imizamo Yethu is the Original T-Bag Designs, this where Jill Heyes reinvents the tea bag into art, inspiration, and hope.
Babylonstoren is one of my favourite places to visit and I love taking visitors here. Here are some photos from our visit to Babylonestoren this time around.
My dad tasting some samples. This included freshly baked bread, olive oil, and pestos.
My aunt shopping for hats
My uncle being funny and making us all laugh
My mom laughing at my uncle who was in the other “nest” next to her and he fell over and couldn’t get out.
Enjoying fresh juice at the Greenhouse restaurant, situated at the back of the garden.
Not too far from Babylonstoren is another favourite place of mine – Spice Route. Spice Route is one of those places that you just have to visit when you come to Cape Town. There is so much to do or shall I rather say to eat and drink here.
Cape Peninsula Roadtrip
Taking a self-drive Cape Peninsula roadtrip is something my dad really enjoys doing. The route normally takes us passed Clifton & Camps Bay, the Twelve Apostles, Llandudno and Hout Bay.
Hout Bay is situated in a valley on the Atlantic seaboard. It is one of our favourite places to visit if we’re in the mood for fish and chips. The fish and chips here are always fresh and very tasty.
My mom always makes sure that we all leave a little bit if chips after we have eaten. For her, feeding the seagulls is one of the highlights of visiting Hout Bay. This time my aunt joined her. Feeding the seagulls too close to the restaurant area is, of course, forbidden and people who do that is very selfish. My mom always makes sure she is far enough away from the restaurant and everyone else who is enjoying their own fish and chips.
Driving further we also go pass Noordhoek, Cape Point and Simons Town, as well Boulders Beach, where we sometimes stop to either swim with the penguins or if we’re in a hurry just to have a look at them and say “hi”.
Muizenberg is one of the places that we never just pass by. Sometimes we just stop to walk around a bit, but most of the time this is where we stop for breakfast or lunch.
Muizenberg also known as Surfers Corner is a very popular beach-side suburb in Cape Town. Rumours have it, that Muizenberg is considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa.
The V&A Waterfront is till today, still a working harbour, with a dry-dock and everything, but it’s also a great shopping and entertainment venue. There are over 450 retail outlets and more than 80 eateries. Keeping entertained while at the V&A Waterfront is never a problem. There are movies, boat trips, an aquarium and a Comedy Club to name but a few.
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and their visit was over way too quick. I really had fun and laughed a lot while my family was here in Cape Town. My mom and dad come to Cape Town on a regular basis. I hope my uncle and aunt decides to join them again soon on one of those visits.
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them” – Desmond Tutu